Two Great 60s Legends, Felix Cavaliere & Micky Dolenz Rock Celebrity Theatre

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Felix Cavaliere and his band at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 23nd, 2022

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents (https://www.dannyzeliskopresents.com/ )
Venue: Celebrity Theatre (https://celebritytheatre.com/ )
Date: Sunday October 23rd, 2022
Tour: Legends Live! – The Hits That Defined A Generation

In the mid to late 60s you couldn’t listen to an AM radio station without hearing either one of The Monkees or The Rascals songs.

The Monkees sold over 75 million albums and had 3 #1 hits and a number of top 10 hits.  Despite all of their hits, they are still being snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Yet another reason people have a hard time with that organization.

The Rascals (Initially known as The Young Rascals) is an American pop/rock band from Garfield, New Jersey formed in 1965.  They had 7 top 10 hits, 20 top 40 hits including 3 # 1 songs and have sold over 30 million albums.  They were finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

One thing to remember about album sales during the 60s, many of the bands cut 45s with just 1 song on each side and these are not counted in the album sales.  So, in reality they probably had many more sales then given created for.

Throughout the show, there was a group of ladies that were dancing in the aisles and singing along with the songs.  It reminded me of American Bandstand.

Having grown up in the 60s, I got to hear all of this amazing music.  I am still a fan of this just fun music and listen to it from time to time.  If you like to hear music that just makes you feel good, then you can’t go wrong listening to or seeing Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) or Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals).  They both put on a great concert that is well worth seeing.



Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz and his band at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 23nd, 2022

The Monkees were originally setup to be an American answer to the Beatles.  They had a weekly TV show where they did wacky things, but each episode they would sing at least 1 song written for them.  The Monkees attempted to write their own music and play their own instruments after the first year.

Micky Dolenz was the drummer and at times lead singer for The Monkees.  Unfortunately, Micky is the only surviving member of The Monkees.  As a tribute to his fellow band mates, Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith, Micky is still touring bringing The Monkees songs to older fans and a new generation.

Micky Dolenz and his band at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 23nd, 2022

The one thing I love about seeing shows like this is that the artist tells stories about the origin of a song or something about the band.  Almost all of The Monkees songs were written by other artists and just sang by the band.  The band attempted to write some of their own songs, but were shot down by their managers.  Like when Michael tried to get his song “Different Drum” on one of The Monkees albums, but was told it wasn’t a Monkees style of song.  So instead, he gave it to an Arizona singer, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys,

Micky also told the story about how Stephen Stills tried out for The Monkees, didn’t get it but told his friend Peter Tork to try and the rest is history.  In the 60s, there was a large collection of musicians in the greater Los Angeles area.  They would get together and trade ideas and even gam together.  Micky told the story of how he was sitting at Peter Tork’s pool with Stephen Stills when Stephen first played “For What It’s Worth”.  Or when Micky interviewed for The Monkees he performed “Johnny B. Good”.  These are the little stories that for me make this a great concert experience.

Micky Dolenz and Coco Dolenz at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 23nd, 2022

Micky was joined on stage by his sister and fellow singer Coco Dolenz.  Joining Micky and Coco are guitarist Wayne Avers, bass player John Billings, drummer Rich Dart, Pete Finney and steel guitar and guitar, keyboardist Alex Jules, and guitarist Emeen Zarookian.

They covered a lot of The Monkees greatest hits and an assortment of songs by other artists.  Overall, it was a fantastic set and the fans loved every song.  Many of The Monkees tunes the crowd sang along with.  Personally, you can never go wrong seeing one of Micky Dolenz concerts.

You can find out more about Micky Dolenz and upcoming tour dates on his website and Facebook page.
Website:  https://mickydolenz.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100044344303295


Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved


Micky Dolenz Setlist:                        (Album / Cover)
(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone          (More of the Monkees)
That Was Then, This Is Now              (The Mosquitos cover)
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You           (Headquarters)
For Pete’s Sake                                   (Headquarters)
Mary, Mary                                         (More of the Monkees)
Different Drum                                   (Michael Nesmith’s Album And the Hits Just Keep On Comin’)
Last Train To Clarksville                       (The Monkees)
Hendrix Bit
Johnny B. Good                                   (Chuck Berry cover)
Valleri                                                   (The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees)
For What It’s Worth                             (Buffalo Springfield cover)
Can’t Buy Me Love                               (Beatles cover)
Daydream Believer                               (The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees)
Pleasant Valley Sunday                        (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.)
Give Me Some Lovin                            (The Spencer Davis Group cover)
Happy Birthday
I’m A Believer                                       (More of the Monkees)



Felix Cavaliere’ Rascals

Felix Cavaliere and his band at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 23nd, 2022

Felix Cavaliere was one of the founding members of The Rascals.  They were one of the premier pop/rock bands of the mid and late 60s.  If you had an AM radio then you probably heard numerous songs by The Rascal (or Young Rascals).

This is the 4th time I have seen Felix Cavaliere perform including his appearance at Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding show in 2021.  I really enjoyed The Rascals music back in the 60s and still listen to it today.  Felix is the lead singer and keyboardist playing his classic Hammond B-3 organ.  This time Felix added a 3-piece horn section to his band.  It added extra depth to all of the songs.

Felix Cavaliere and his band at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ on October 23nd, 2022

They started with “In The Midnight Hour” and “Beautiful Morning”.  The crowd was singing along with almost every song.  But of course, the highlight for me was when they played “Groovin’”, “Mustang Sally”, “People Got to be Free” and “Good Lovin’”.  These were the song I grow up with and they still hold a special place in my heart.

Felix has received numerous awards over the years including being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (The Rascals 1997), Musicians Hall of Fame (2009), Song Writers Hall of Fame (2009), Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2010) and Hammond Organ Hall of Fame (2014).

Felix will be touring with his fellow Rascals band mate, Gene Cornish on their Time Peace Tour.  You can see them on their East coast leg during the month of November.  You can find out more about Felix Cavaliere and upcoming tour dates on his website and Facebook page.
Website  https://www.felixcavalieremusic.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/felixcavalieresrascals/


Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved


Felix Cavaliere Setlist:                                  (Album)
In The Midnight Hour                                    (The Young Rascals)
Beautiful Morning                                          (Time Peace)
Girl Like You                                                 (Groovin’)
Love Is A Beautiful Thing                              (Time Peace)
You Better Run                                               (Groovin’)
It’s Wonderful                                                (Once Upon a Dream)
Aint Gonna Eat Out My Heart                       (The Young Rascals)
Lonely Too Long                                            (Time Peace)
A Ray Of Hope                                               (Freedom Suite)
Groovin’                                                          (Groovin’)
Mustang Sally                                                 (The Young Rascals)
How Can I Be Sure                                         (Groovin’)
People Got To Be Free                                   (Freedom Suite)
Good Lovin’                                                   (The Young Rascals)
Slow Down                                                     (The Young Rascals)

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